“Captain Marvel”: movie review

Captain Marvel’s introduction to the MCU is overdue, but worth the watch


Libby Mullican, JAG editor-in-chief

Warning: Spoilers ahead

After seeing “Captain Marvel”, I would not say it was my favorite Marvel movie, but it was worth spending my paycheck for the movie ticket. Not only did I like seeing a strong female lead, I fell in love, as Nick Fury did, with Goose the cat and a mini history lesson. I would like to think of this movie as a prequel. It gives backstory and was not as good as the original, but not as bad as the second installment in a series. Following the movie, here’s what I thought.

Not only is the newest installment a game changer for the MCU, it is way overdue. In the comics, Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes to protect Earth. So why did it take so long to make it to the big screen? While it is known that the studio isn’t the type to release movies in the given chronological order, Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, deserved to be introduced sooner. Introducing her right in time for Avengers: Endgame is a little disappointing and unfair to one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel universe. Despite the fact that the movie should have been produced a while ago, I am thankful that we finally get to meet Danvers.

Even though Marvel’s latest installment comes a little late into the game, it reveals answers to rather important questions within the MCU. First off, fans now know how Nick Fury lost his eye, and it isn’t what you might think. Next, my mind was blown when Captain Marvel discovered the Tesseract on Captain Mar-Vell’s spaceship. Honestly, I did not expect this one and neither did the people sitting around me. Keep in mind that this movie is set in the 1990’s, so now we know where the Tesseract was before Loki attacked New York. Want to know how the Avengers initiative started? That’s answered too. And finally, last but not least, the whole pager situation is cleared up. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury contacts someone through a pager. Yes, while we all figured out it was Captain Marvel, we now get the backstory as to why Nick is contacting Carol this way and why he believes can she help defeat Thanos.

As is expected with any prequel or second movie, “Captain Marvel” is not the strongest production but essential to understand what is happening in other movies. Overall, “Captain Marvel” is not the best movie out there, but it definitely isn’t the worst either. It has the action, humor and heart that I expect from Marvel, and, of course, the infamous end credits scenes.

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